Helena – The Montana National Guard annually provides the opportunity for up to five Purple Heart recipients to hunt mule deer on the training area of Fort William Henry Harrison in accordance with regulations associated with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Hunting District 388. Being a Purple Heart recipient is the only requirement to be eligible for this program.
The available dates for the 2019 hunt are Nov. 18-22. One hunter will be allowed each day. No party hunting will be permitted.
“Reservations are on a first-come basis and can be made by phone to Fort Harrison Range Control at 406-324-3694,” said Maj. Robert McCrum, Fort Harrison’s range control officer.
Hunters must follow all FWP deer hunting regulations for hunting district 388, a weapon restricted area. The only firearms that may be used are muzzleloaders, handguns with a barrel shorter than 10 ½ inches and shotguns. Archery is also allowed in the weapons restricted area.
“The Montana Purple Heart Deer Hunt is a way for us to thank those veterans who have given so much to our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, the Adjutant General for Montana. “I encourage everyone who is eligible to make a reservation to participate.”
For more information, contact CPT Dan Bushnell, 406-324-3009, or MSgt Michael Touchette, 406-324-3007.